1 Timothy 5:25 All Deeds Will Be Revealed

In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever. 1 Timothy 5:25

When a person does something good, he often expects to be recognized for what he did. Very often, in order to ensure recognition. the person will stand up and announce what he did to everyone else.

Celebrities will have reporters taking a ton of pictures and broadcast it across the news as to what they did. Others will post it everywhere on social media sites promoting themselves. The world wants to make sure everyone knows what they did.

As Paul is talking about helping others out and meeting their needs, he states that good deeds are seen by others. He also points out that some, not so obvious deeds, will not remain hidden forever but will be seen.

It is common for many people to do some good deed and expect to get some recognition. When the recognition does not come, many will get discouraged and angry and stop doing the good deeds. Many will feel as if no one cares about what they did and that their work was worthless if no one recognizes it.

Reality is that God sees all good deeds, no matter how hidden they are. Every good deed will eventually be revealed. Whether it is the person serving meals to the homeless openly on the streets or it is the person cleaning the toilets in the night at the church, their deeds will be seen.

No one should get discouraged or give up when it appears as though their deeds are not being seen. The moment one stops the good deeds, someone will notice and something will fall apart.

As every believer keeps doing good deeds with his abilities, everyone is built up and God is able to pour out more blessings.

You may have some good deed that you do that no one seems to know about. It may feel discouraging to keep doing it, but keep on doing that deed. God is watching and seeing that deed be done and will reveal it to the world in its proper time.

Just as God is always working behind the scenes to bless you and meet your needs, do the same for others. Do not worry about recognition, knowing that God recognizes it and will reward you in the proper time.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will do the good deeds God has set before you to do; that you will look to God for your reward; and that you will do all that you do because of the love of God for you and for others.

3 John 1:11

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11

Imitation is something that is very common in every area of life. There are imitations foods, clothing, and supplies. The common purpose of imitation is to make something easier or cheaper.

Along with making imitation products, people like to imitate others. Fans try to dress and act like famous performers. Sport’s players try to imitate the famous sport’s players.

In the process of imitation, both good actions and bad actions are often imitated.

John tells his friend to not imitate what is evil, but only that which is good. Anyone who imitates evil really does not know God.

As the world likes to imitate or make imitated things, the church has often picked up the same pattern. Too many believers have chosen to be just like the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus.

Sinful, evil activities are accepted, activated upon and promoted, by some in the church. In fact, there are whole churches that promote evil inside the church, disguising it as good. These people and churches want to look like and fit in with the world, while claiming to follow God.

Peter said that these people have not seen God. They are a false imitation of who Jesus is, just as imitation crab meat is false.

True believers will refuse to be an imitation of the world and evil. They will strive to live their lives for God, rejecting evil, no matter where they are or who they are around. They want be just like Jesus in every way.

Those who have seen God, will know this and want to be like Him, rejecting evil.

As you are going through your days, you must take a look at what you are striving to be like. The world around you is full of evil and calling you to be like them.

Be willing to turn away from sin and reject the evil that is around you. Do not allow yourself to begin to imitate the world and begin looking like the world. You are to be separate and different.

Be like Jesus, holy and pure before God, rejecting evil and sin. Do not be an imitation believer, by imitating what the world is doing and saying.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be like Jesus in every area of your life; that God will strengthen you to not imitate the world; that you will be set apart for God; and that you will do what is good in God’s eyes.

1 John 1:3 What Are You Proclaiming?

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

Each and every person on this planet has a story to tell about something that is different from anyone else. Things seen are different for each person. Things experienced are different for each person.

In telling their stories of experience, other people can learn new things or new perspectives. The best stories that can be told are ones that are true and not some fantasy made up.

John tells the people he is writing to that he, and others with him, are proclaiming what they had heard and seen. He did this so that the people could have fellowship with them, the Father and Jesus.

Just as all the people around the world outside the church have a story to tell, so do the people in the church. Every person who has become a believer has a slightly or greatly different story to tell about his experiences with God.

These stories are not to be told in order to brag about self, but in order to share what God has done or is doing. They are to build others up and encourage them.

God is so big and great that no one person can know absolutely every thing about Him and how He works. He works in many different ways with every person.

As people share what God has done in their lives, it can encourage others to trust Him more. It can open the eyes of others up as to the infinite different ways God can work in their lives. And this builds a fellowship between other believers, God and Jesus that will last for eternity.

You may or may not be one who likes to talk, but every day you have a story to tell. You have experiences with God that no other person has had in the exact same way.

Each and every one of your experiences with God need to be proclaimed, in order to build others up. Share your struggles and victories that you have experienced in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow your fellowship with God and Jesus to be shared with every person who is willing to take a moment to listen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will share what God has done and is doing in your life with others; that your experiences will build others up in the Lord; that you will have fellowship with other believers; and that you will encourage and build others up with your fellowship with God.